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Destined
/ˈdestind/
adjective
  1. (of a person's future) developing as though according to a plan.
    "she could see that he was destined for great things"
    • certain to meet (a particular fate).
      "she was destined to become a life-long friend"
    • intended for or traveling toward (a particular place).
      "agricultural exports destined for the United States"

Hebrews 10:32-39 (TPT)

32 Don’t you remember those days right after the Light shined in your hearts? You endured a great marathon season of suffering hardships, yet you stood your ground. 33 And at times you were publicly and shamefully mis-treated, being persecuted for your faith; then at others times you stood side by side with those who preach the message of hope.

Days of not having an answer.  Days of not having the funding needed.  Days when it seems no one understands or grasps the vision in your heart.  Days of long suffering watching helplessly as someone remains trapped in their hurt and their pain.  Days when you have to hold a hard line and it means a person will choose to walk away from help and hope.  Days when the enemy seems stronger and the roadblock to the hearts and minds of those you are fighting for seems impenetrable. Days when loss seems the only constant.

34 You sympathized with those in prison and when all your belongings were confiscated you accepted that violation with joy; convinced that you possess a treasure growing in heaven that could never be taken from you. 

I can think of many losses that I have accepted with joy in this fight for life and dignity.  I have had physical challenges, emotional challenges, lost possessions, lost relationships, moved from place to place, remained in transition and change, faced confusion, hopelessness and despair.  The things confiscated from me do not compare to what I am after.  If all of this is for only one life to be transformed, then it is all worth it.

35 So don’t lose your bold, courageous faith, for you are destined for a great reward!

I need the strength and courage that can only come from Jesus.  I must keep my eyes fixed as I stand firm on His foundation.  The waves come, they always come.  The seasons change, they always change.  The dust settles, it always settles.  The truth that Jesus heals, restores and binds up is always true even when I feel at a loss to live it out, explain it or need a reminder that it is true for me too.

36 You need the strength of endurance to reveal the poetry of God’s will and then you receive the promise in full. 37 For soon and very soon,

“The One who is appearing will come without delay!”

38 And he also says,

“My righteous ones will live from my faith.
    But if fear holds them back,
    my soul is not content with them!”

39 But we are certainly not those who are held back by fear and perish; we are among those who have faith and experience true life!

May hope return to you!  May loss be only temporary!  May you receive the strength of endurance as you look towards the promise of great reward!